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Darkstar

North

Label: Hyperdub
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Format: Digital Download
Released: Oct 2010
Catalogue Number: HDBCD006
Track downloads for: North
Time
1. DARKSTAR : In The Wings
2:52
2. DARKSTAR : Gold
4:20
3. DARKSTAR : Deadness
4:39

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darkstar - North

Leading up to the release of their feverishly anticipated debut album for Hyperdub, Darkstar underwent some major evolutionary changes. Perhaps most signifiicantly they expanded from a production/writing duo of James Young and Aiden Whalley into a trio, now including vocalist James Buttery. This personnel change has been reflected in the music too. While previously Darkstar's sound leaned towards the fringes of dubstep, the musical profile of North is considerably more difficult to define. The genre connections remain at least partially in-check on former single 'Aidy's Girl Is A Computer' - perhaps the most immediately addictive and outwardly dancefloor-friendly cut here, thanks to a fine garagey swing - but elsewhere the band morph into a kind mutant, introspective synth-pop project, turning out sublime robotic soul on the likes of 'Deadness' and 'Dear Heartbeat'. Upcoming single 'Gold' probably tells you something about where Darkstar are setting their sights, remaking the Human League classic 'You Remind Me Of Gold' with a mulched electronic moroseness. Despite its origins, the song sounds a million miles away from any notions of rose-tinted '80s nostalgia, and as North begins to reveal itself you'll hear Darkstar encroaching upon a very fresh and modern electronic pop idiom. The stunning 'Under One Roof' is pinned together by dystopian lyrics and a production that sways woozily through soundscapes that could have been lifted from Fever Ray's debut album. Rather than resting on top of the mix, Buttery's singing is cleverly knitted into the fabric of the music: the vocals on the almost OPN-like 'Two Chords' and the beatless 'In The Way' are full of dropouts and glitches, as if they've been recklessly timestretched out of shape - the latter track makes for a particularly striking album opener, wrongfooting your expectations from the outset with an aching ballad assembled from a hybrid of cracked electronics and pseudo-classical instrumentation. Releasing an album like 'North' marks a bold move from Hyperdub, but the label has been duly rewarded with what must surely rank as one of the year's most stylistically inventive and talked about debuts.

People who bought DARKSTAR - North also bought:

DARKSTAR - Gold, Hyperdub
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DARKSTAR - Gold (John Roberts Mix), Hyperdub
DARKSTAR - HD7 (With Zomby Remix), Warp Records
DARKSTAR - HD7 (With Zomby Remix), Warp Records
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DARKSTAR - 01484, Warp Records
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DARKSTAR - News From Nowhere, Warp Records
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DARKSTAR

Gold

Hyperdub

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An edited version of 'Gold', backed with a terrific John Roberts remix.

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DARKSTAR

Lilyliver / Out Of Touch

2010

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DARKSTAR

Dead 2 Me / Break

2010

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DARKSTAR

Need You

Hyperdub

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DARKSTAR

Aidy's Girl Is A Computer

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DARKSTAR

Gold (John Roberts Mix)

Hyperdub

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An edited version of 'Gold', backed with a terrific John Roberts remix.

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DARKSTAR

HD7 (With Zomby Remix)

Warp Records

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'HD7' sees Darkstar remix themselves alongside a dreamy Zomby take on 'You Don't Need A Weatherman'

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DARKSTAR

HD7 (With Zomby Remix)

Warp Records

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'HD7' sees Darkstar remix themselves alongside a dreamy Zomby take on 'You Don't Need A Weatherman'

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DARKSTAR

01484

Warp Records

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Darkstar take album cuts off 'News From Nowhere' to the club, backed with dope MCDE remix.

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DARKSTAR

01484

Warp Records

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Darkstar take album cuts off 'News From Nowhere' to the club, backed with dope MCDE remix.

DARKSTAR

News From Nowhere

Warp Records

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Darkstar return with their pop-wise sophomore album 'News From Nowhere'.

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News From Nowhere

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Darkstar return with their pop-wise sophomore album 'News From Nowhere'.

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